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Asafa Jalata : What is Next for Oromo People?

Dr. Asafa Jalata, Professor of Global Studies and the Interm Director of African Studies Program at the University of Tennesse in Knoxville, gave a talk at the Human Rights Conference organized by the Minnesota based Oromo American Citizen Council.

His talk focused on the following five central points:

1) the past and current status of the Oromo people;

2) the major strengths and weaknesses of the Oromo elites;

3) the main characteristics of Oromo society;

4) the major opportunities and obstacles of the Oromo struggle; and

5) urgent measures and practical steps for the survival of Oromia and national victory

The Past and Current Status of the Oromo People

The Ethiopian colonial terrorism and genocide that started during the last decades of the 19th century still continue in the 21st century.

Ethiopia, former Abyssinia, terrorized and committed genocide on the Oromo people during the Scramble for Africa with the help of European imperial powers and the modern weapons they received from them. 

During Ethiopian colonial expansion, Oromia, “the charming Oromo land, [would] be ploughed by the iron and the fire; flooded with blood and the orgy of pillage.”

Read Dr Asafa’s presentation in Ms-Word : What is Next for Oromo People?

Or PowerPoint : What is next for Oromo People?

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